Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Synopsis: Sinbad must deliver a prince transformed into a monkey to the lands of the Ademaspai to restore him to his human form in time for his coronation. On the way he must contend with the evil witch Zenobia, her son and their magic, and several nasty-looking Ray Harryhausen beasties.
Director(s): Sam Wanamaker
Production: Columbia Pictures
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

Come on, boys.

Hey, Captain, why the haste?

The city will not vanish.

It is not the city of Charak he wishes

to see, but someone who dwells within.

After a long voyage

it's good to stretch one's legs.

The only good thing about this port

is the inn of Abu Jamil.

I have been dreaming of

his roasted sheep's eyes.

- And I of the eyes of his daughter.

- You're dreaming of more than her eyes.

- Captain, my mouth is dry.

- Let's sample the wines of Charak.

- My thirst is of a thousand men.

- If you drink, you'll go no further.

- Remember the last time?

- You were stripped of your possessions!

Because of that I added

four more eunuchs to the population.

Allah be with you.

All the paradise I seek is here.

Who wants anything more?

I shall stay behind.

All silent, no sound, no lights...

A city of ghosts.

- Why is the gate closed?

- Curfew is not until midnight.

No sentries about.

Ho there! Captain of the watch!

Open the gate!

- Wake, wake, wake, wake!

- It's Sinbad, friend of Caliph Kassim!

And a better friend

to the Princess Farah!

- Captain Sinbad.

- You know me?

I am a merchant. I hope to purchase

some of the cargo you'll unload tomorrow.

No one is admitted to Charak after sunset.

- But why?

- The plague. Many have died.

Every time we reach this port

some misfortune strikes us!

- The Caliph Kassim and his sister?

- They're well. But he's not caliph yet.

I was told in Jerash that

Kassim's father died three months ago.

Kassim has not yet been crowned.

- We'd better return to the ship.

- Yes, let's sell our cargo elsewhere.

I'm not leaving Charak

until I see Princess Farah and Kassim.

- Is there another way into the town?

- No.

But if you wish to take the risk

you may enter at daybreak.

Until then I can offer to relieve

your disappointment.

My tent has wine, food and music.

My people are your servants.

Please, be welcome.


Hassan, don't drink!

The wine is poisoned. Help Aboo-Seer.

Who are you?

Why have you tried to poison us?

From the depths of the earth,

I command you:

Destroy them!

Kill Sinbad!

Everyone back to the ship!

Captain Sinbad! ...Wait.

Princess Farah!


Praise to Allah that I found you.

I must talk to you.

Not here, not now.

And no going back that way.

Come with me.

Keep rowing back to the ship!

Keep rowing, keep rowing!

Make for the open sea!

- Hoist the mainsail... do it!

- But the shoals, Captain.

We will risk them, there is a full moon.

We'll lie offshore

and not return until daybreak.

- You will go back?

- At dawn.

Warm yourself.

Here, take this.

Drink this.

You were searching for me. Why?

I was told of your return.

I need help desperately.

- My brother is in great danger.

- Prince Kassim? I owe him my life.

A spell has been cast upon him.

My uncle Balsora will tell you.

- Why not you?

- I beg of you, do not leave Charak!

- Trust me for my brother's sake.

- For him I would risk my life.

For you... I would give it.

- I was told there was plague.

- Not true.

Balsora rules the city by day...

but by night fear rules Charak.

- People whisper of witchcraft.

- How can I help?

- You will find a way.

- Come... lie down.

- I prayed every day for your return.

- It's been almost a year.

- I was not willing to give up the sea.

- Nor I my life at court.

- Now I've decided to live on land.

- And I to live at sea.

I have returned to Charak to ask Kassim

for your hand. Will you consent?


But only when my brother is able to

stand before you and give his consent.

- When he is himself again.

- Himself?

After my father's death,

Allah protect his soul...

The astrologers had decided that the

first full moon would be auspicious -

- for the coronation of my brother.

On the day of the ceremony,

the procession began, -

- but even as the crown

was being placed upon his head...

Lie back.

It was the last time I saw him

as the Kassim I've known all my life.

Young, handsome...

a true prince.

You talked of a spell...

- Or has he fallen victim to the plague?

- Worse than a thousand plagues!

Do not talk of it now.

Hassan, where is the captain?

- What is it?

- His Excellency is here!

The Vizier Balsora.

Ask the princess to come on deck.

- Excellency.

- Captain... welcome again to Charak.

There she is...

may Allah's name be exalted.

I prayed that Princess Farah

might reach you safely last night.

- Has she told you?

- Yes, this morning.

But is it true, Excellency?

Let's go on board.

My beloved child.

Praise be to Allah you are safe.

Hassan, food and drink for our guests.

The rest of you, back to work.

- You have told him of our misfortune.

- But is it true, Excellency?

Tragically, horribly.

We have consulted

all the wisest men and skilled doctors.

- They can do nothing.

- Come. Sit down.

You have travelled to many lands,

help us.

- Perhaps there is someone somewhere.

- I will do all in my power to help.

But this requires skills

far greater than mine.

It needs an understanding of the black

arts, a great alchemist, a magician.

Wait... Yes, I have heard of

such a man, if he still lives.

- Who?

- A Greek.

Some say the wisest man in the world.

His name is...

- Hassan, you remember.

- Melanthius! The hermit of...

- Maroof?

- Casgar.

A remote haunted island.

- Have you been there?

- No.

His deeds are legendary,

but he may not even exist.

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Beverley Cross

Alan Beverley Cross (13 April 1931 – 20 March 1998) (known as Beverley Cross) was an English playwright, librettist and screenwriter.Born in London into a theatrical family, and educated at the Nautical College Pangbourne, Cross started off by writing children's plays in the 1950s. He achieved instant success with his first play, One More River, which dealt with a mutiny in which a crew puts its first officer on trial for manslaughter. The play premiered in 1958 at the New Shakespeare Theatre Liverpool, starring Robert Shaw, directed by Sam Wanamaker, and in 1959, still with Robert Shaw, directed by Guy Hamilton at the Duke Of York's Theatre in London. Cross' second play, Strip the Willow, was to make a star out of his future wife, Dame Maggie Smith, even though the play was staged only in the provinces, never receiving a London production. In 1962, he translated Marc Camoletti's classic farce Boeing Boeing, which went on to have a lengthy and highly lucrative run in the West End. In 1964, he directed the play in Sydney. Another of his successes was Half a Sixpence, a musical comedy based on the H.G. Wells novel Kipps. This opened in 1963 and, like his first play, ran in London for more than a year. He also wrote opera librettos for Richard Rodney Bennett (The Mines of Sulphur, All the King's Men and Victory) and Nicholas Maw (The Rising of the Moon). Cross later became well known for his screenplays, notably Jason and the Argonauts, The Long Ships, Genghis Khan, and Clash of the Titans. He also adapted Half a Sixpence for the screen. He also worked uncredited on the script for Lawrence of Arabia, although it is doubtful whether any of his material made it to the final edit. He died in London in 1998, three weeks and three days before his 67th birthday. He was the stepfather of Maggie Smith's children from her earlier marriage, actors Toby Stephens and Chris Larkin. more…

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